Reviving a dying parish

St. Frances Cabrini, one of our oldest and most historic parishes, was dying. And if its story followed the usual pattern, it would be closed. Instead, the parish is not only growing, but its people are thriving.

So how did this community reinvent itself in less than 7 years?

The parish leaders embraced a relationship with the Holy Spirit. They made it a priority to notice individuals, to notice their gifts, and to invite those gifts to be used in specific ways. They now have a culture of invitation. Every parishioner knows they should be reaching out to others, drawing the community together and to the person of Christ.

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Jim Jansen – Director of Pastoral Services, Archdiocese of Omaha

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